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US halts H-1B and other visas in blow to India and China talent

Trump bills new immigration ban as part of America-first recovery

U.S. President Trump speaks in the East Room at the White House.   © Reuters

NEW YORK/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- U.S. President Donald Trump barred the issuance of many new work visas under a proclamation signed Monday, including the marquee H-1B program used primarily by high-skilled immigrants from India and China.

The broad-based ban runs through the end of the year. It also covers the H-2B visa for temporary nonagricultural workers, the L-1 work visa for intracompany transfers, and certain instances of the J-1 exchange visitor visa. Exemptions include temporary food supply workers and medical workers fighting COVID-19.

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